Genius and the Subjective Mind
True genius is always the same, no matter where it is found; and in every case it is the result of the concordant and harmonious workings of the objective and subjective faculties. True genius is never seen in those who are largely objective, nor is it compatible with decided subjective existence. There is a subjective genius that is sparkling and fascinating, but it is genius of insanity, and not true genius in its broad sense. It is the genius of hallucination or mania, and while it may dazzle us by its brilliancy and enchant us by its uniqueness, it is not the genius that stamps itself indelibly along any practical line. Genius without objective education and experience is the genius of the visionary.
The artist may see in his mind's eye the picture he wishes to reproduce on canvas; but unless his objective knowledge teaches him the character of colors and mediums, the effects of certain combinations of the same, and other things purely objective in their nature, he cannot succeed. Although no two artists employ exactly the same methods, the harmonious blending of the faculties of the objective and subjective minds is the foundation of all.
The subjective mind does not tire, and those who work with the objective faculties wear out because they worry. One cannot worry and work subjectively. Worry is an objective condition that cannot exist in subjective work. The true artist when he does his best work is in a state of reverie that takes no notice of time or other material conditions. He works in oblivion of all objective conditions. He does not tire, he does not get hungry or sleepy, and when aroused from his reverie is often surprised to find that he has worked so long. Uninterpreted objective work gradually kills, and other things being equal, the subjective worker will enjoy better health and live longer and happier. Titian was ninety-nine years of age, strong, and well preserved when he and his family were carried off by the plague. Physical exertion can be sustained much longer when a person is in a subjective condition.
Spirituality conduces to subjectively. Many of the great musicians, artists, and poets of the world were highly spiritual. This was especially so in the case of Murillo, the great artist of Seville. Much of the work of this great man was but the reflection of his highly spiritual nature. It is not strange or surprising that spirituality should beget subjectively. The spiritual person lives beyond the material, and is not influenced as others are by objective considerations. He is habitually meditative, passive, and receptive –in other words, in an incipient subjective state. Subjective existence, also, when coupled with spirituality, produces the most ecstatic delight that the human ever experiences. —The Phrenological Journal